Board of Directors
Rob is excited to be returning to the Daybreak Board as President. Rob is a two-time provincial candidate in Ottawa who feels serving his community is one of the ways we can serve others. After working in Toronto at Queen’s Park, Rob returned to Ottawa and is the Director of Policy for the Deputy Opposition Whip on Parliament Hill.
Rob enjoys working in the trenches of our community organizations, assisting others to gain their lives back and working to ensure our vulnerable are cared for and able to rise up and share their experiences to help others. Rob looks forward to working with the Executive Director, Staff, and the new and returning Daybreak Board Directors.
Jillian Normand RPP
Jillian Normand is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and currently works as a Land Development Manager at Mattamy Homes in Ottawa, managing the design of local communities and obtaining planning and development approvals. Jillian’s interest in affordable housing started while living in Toronto and studying for her undergrad in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. She first joined Daybreak as a volunteer in 2010 before moving to Australia in 2011 to complete a master’s degree in Property and Development. Upon returning to Canada, Jillian rejoined the Daybreak Board to contribute her passion and experience to help provide safe, supportive and affordable homes for residents of our City. Outside of the office, Jillian can be found on the golf course or practicing yoga, traveling around the world, and creating exotic meals for family and friends while in the company of her adorning dog, Lola.
Michelle Sauvé CPA, CA, B.Comm
Michelle Sauvé is a CPA, CA, with a B.Comm from Carleton University. Michelle has a finance background; currently working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the Senior Director of Internal Controls and Policy and Assistant Controller. Michelle previously worked for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in several different capacities including social housing policy, financial accounting and reporting and Internal audit. In addition to her day job and working with Daybreak, Michelle volunteers in her daughter's girl guide unit and likes to pursue her other passions which include fishing, surfing and travelling the world.
Ryan is a CPA, CMA, holding a Financial Management Advisor designation, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University. Currently Acting Manger, Multi-Unit Policy, Ryan has been an employee of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 13 years. His career has centred around insurance, capital markets, real estate finance and risk management. Ryan has enjoyed volunteering with the Capital Committee at Daybreak since 2018, and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019. An avid dog lover, Ryan’s hobbies include travelling, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.
Jen Arntfield MBA
Jen Arntfield has spent over eight years assisting public sector organizations in setting
policy and strategic direction, and planning and implementing changes to better achieve
their mandates. She is currently the Lead of Sustainable Affordable Housing at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund. Prior to joining FCM, Jen spent two years leading affordable housing strategy and policy at the City of Calgary. In this time, she led the development and implementation of the City’s first affordable housing strategy in 15 years, as well as the establishment of the Community Housing Affordability Collective, a collaborative of stakeholders across the housing spectrum. Jen also spent six years in Deloitte Consulting’s public sector transformation practice. She holds an MBA and a Baccalaureate in Criminology.
Boyd Aitken CD1, BCom, LL.B, BCL
Boyd Aitken practices law at Aitken Tax Law in Ottawa specializing in tax litigation. He has appeared before various federal and provincial tribunals. After graduating from Queen’s University where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1992, Boyd attended law school at Western University and Université de Laval obtaining a Bachelor of Laws in common law and a Bachelor of Laws in civil law. Boyd subsequently clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal. Following his Call to the Bar in 1999, Boyd worked in private practice before joining the Department of Justice in 2002 where he practiced for fifteen years.
Concurrently, Boyd served Canada as an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve for over twenty years. His operational experience includes deployments to Kosovo and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the United Nations. He recently retired from the Army.
Richard Monk, FCPA, FCMA, CMC, CFE, C.Dir., A.C.C
Richard Monk is President and CEO of msight global inc., a consultancy based in Ottawa, working with organizations in the areas of governance, strategy and performance. He is a highly qualified executive manager and management consultant with cross-functional / cross-industry financial and consulting experience. Richard has long-standing experience with both profit and not-for-profit boards of directors. He has delivered workshops and been a guest speaker for professional development sessions, government, banking bodies and private sector groups. He has developed and delivered workshops on enhancing the effectiveness of boards of directors and improving the role of the audit committee, and has lectured in financial management, financial accounting, management accounting and taxation. He has also authored several articles on governance and business management skills. Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, a Fellow of the Certified Management Accountants of Canada, a Certified Management Consultant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Chartered Director, Audit Committee Certified.
Kate Moore recently joined the Daybreak Board. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Brock University and is a Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professionals’ Association. With 25 years’ experience in HR, Kate has worked in a variety of different organizations and sectors including the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, VHA Health & Home Support and the National Research Council. Currently she is Manager, Human Resources Policy & Programs with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her past volunteer experience includes CHEO and the Canadian Cancer Society, and most recently she served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers. In her down time, her favourite place to be is the family cottage in Quebec reading and spending time with family.
Piyush Agarwal holds an MBA & B.Sc. degree and PMP designation. He is an entrepreneur who started an IT consulting company in 2015. He has 20+ years of business experience in the public and private sectors and is currently working in the Canadian Government as Project Manager (IT Consultant). Piyush was a Senior Project Manager with the IT Company in New Delhi, India. Before migrating to Ottawa in 2001, he managed a team of 200+ software developers in two provinces. Previously, Piyush was in the top three performing advisors at Sunlife Financial, and one of the top-performing Managers in Canada with Industrial Alliance. Piyush has also worked as a personal financial broker and holds a Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designation and was invited to Ottawa Chin Radio to talk about financial planning. Piyush also worked as a freelancer on financing, budgeting issues for the Canadian Times newspaper in Ottawa. He served as a Board Member for the India Canada Association (ICA) in Ottawa. During Piyush's youth, he was a district bronze medalist in Judo and won numerous General Knowledge competitions, Chess, and Badminton tournaments. His weekends include spending quality time with the family, meditating, playing cricket, and gardening.
Clara Ricci has long-standing experience as a board director for not-profit organizations. She is a first-generation Canadian who is passionate about socioeconomic issues in the community. She understands how to bring people together having spent time overseas building cross-cultural relationships. Overall, she is passionate about giving back to the community and mostly giving a voice to others. She holds an honours degree with a specialization in international economics and development, and a graduate diploma in civil law. She recently joined the Canadian Red Cross as an advisor to assist with the COVID-19 crisis in Montreal. Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Clara spent time working for the federal government as an analyst and deputy head of program where she chaired high-profiled meetings and gained overseas work experience. She has delivered workshops and trainings, and has been a guest speaker for forums and made recommendations to various stakeholders. Clara’s hobbies include traveling, fashion, writing, running, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. She is fluent in English and French.
Benoit Séguin is a CPA, CGA, with a B.Comm from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Benoit has a finance and accounting background; currently working for Invest Ottawa as the Director of Finance. Benoit previously worked for the University of Ottawa in several services including student housing and residences. In addition to his day job and working with Daybreak, Benoit is also President of Devolver Social, a small consulting firm specializing in management, accounting and finance services exclusive to non for profits. Benoit also volunteers as a Board member for the Regional Outaouais sector of CPA Québec as well as treasurer for the La poudrerie ski club. Benoit also likes to pursue his other interests which include fishing, camping, and hiking.
Matt Grenier is establishing an innovative culture including a growth mindset across the information technology services (ITS) department as the Manager of Technology Modernization at the City of Ottawa. He is achieving this systems approach by building a cloud platform, implementing an enterprise data analytics platform, a talent management strategy, building an automation platform and growing a digital architecture practice to support digital transformation and readiness at the City of Ottawa.
Matt has 20+ years of experience in information technology along with a Masters in business administration (MBA) and is a project management professional (PMP). His accolades include certified scrum master (CSM), governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT), offensive security wireless professional (OSWP) and Comptia Security+. His goals are seeking continuous growth and development opportunities, learning from the expertise and experience of others, developing, and supporting future leaders and solving complex business problems.
From a personal perspective, he is a father of two, and well rounded in digital capabilities (gaming, development, VR) along with analog interests (reading, teaching, innovating).